• Walt Disney Family Museum
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    Marty Sklar to Receive the Diane Disney Miller Award

    As the former vice chairman and principal creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), Marty Sklar stood as a dedicated torchbearer of Walt Disney’s philosophy since first joining the company a month before Disneyland opened in 1955. He helped express and preserve Walt’s spirit of optimism, happiness, and hope for the future through the attractions […]

  • Dining Reviews
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    Dining Review: White Water Snacks

    A quick review by Mark Hickson: White Waters Snacks is a little hidden gem at the Grand Californian Resort. Located past the resort’s DCA park entrance and past the Spa, it serves as the pools snack bar and a great place to have a quick breakfast or lunch. Oh, and it is never crowded! Today […]

  • Dining Reviews
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    DbM’s 2013 Top & Bottom Five Disney Dining Experiences

    Here is Disney by Mark’s year-end summary of our Disney dining “Hits & Misses.” This year DbM visited 53 Restaurants, Cafes, Fast Food Joints, Bars, Lounges, Food and Beverage stands at Disney’s California, Florida and Hawai’i parks and resorts. This review excludes Epcot’s 2013 International Food & Wine Festival which is reviewed separately. Links to […]

  • Dining Reviews
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    Dining Review: Storytellers Cafe

    Review by Mark Hickson: Storytellers Cafe is located at the Grand Californian Resort and is the main restaurant, serving three meals a day. The cafe is a warm and inviting place with rustic wood carvings, backlit silhouettes of men working the land and seven hand-painted murals, each depicting classic California stories like Mark Twain’s “The Jumping […]

  • Disney's Grand Californian Resort
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    The ‘Grotesque Birds’ of the Grand Californian Resort

    If you visit Disney’s Grand Californian Resort you will find wonderful artworks reminiscent of the craftsman style that was popular at the turn of the century. The “California Natives” ceramic series at the Grand Californian were created by Susan Dannenfelser and were inspired by the “Grotesque Birds” produced by the Martin Brothers in England between […]

  • Dining Reviews
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    Dining Review: Storyteller’s Cafe

    Review by Mark Hickson: Storyteller’s Cafe is located at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort. The cafe is a warm and inviting place with rustic wood carvings, backlit silhouettes of men working the land and seven hand-painted murals, each depicting classic California stories like Mark Twain’s “The Jumping  Frogs of Calaveras County” and Scott O’Dell’s “Island of […]

  • DbM Scuttlebutt – Big Brother, Nature Village, and Who Cut The Cheese?

    Villages Nature is the project of a new joint venture between Euro Disney and Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs. Designed as a new holiday destination for short and mid-term stays, and will be themed on “The search for harmony between Man and Nature.”  The project will be located at Marne-la-Vallée, just 6 km from Disneyland Paris. The […]

  • Grand Californian Hotel Lobby

     Photo of the Week: Allen Rappa captures the Grand Californian lobby as few of us have seen it before. From the detail of the ceiling joinery to the inlaid stone floor this shot conveys a welcoming warmth few lobbies can pull off. Click it to enjoy! Tweet